You’ve probably seen Mike Vecchione on Last Comic Standing or The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but now he’s releasing his very first standup comedy album, Muscle Confusion, and we should all be excited. The Ohio-raised comic was nice enough to answer a few questions for us. Check him out at a show near you! Then pick up the album on Amazon or iTunes.
1. So what can you tell us about your new album?
It’s my first album, so it has a plethora (complex word for me) of material from when I first started, to what I am doing now. Some of it is blocks of jokes, some of it is stories that are punched up. It is a good representation of what you will get if you see me live.
2. Do you remember how your first standup set went and how you felt after it was over?
My first set was in a comedy class. I was nervous, but it was a safe environment. I did well because everyone was so supportive. When I started to hit the open mic circuit, that’s when it snapped into focus that sometimes you have to fail to learn.
3. Who are some of your biggest comedic influences?
Dave Attell, Patrice O’Neal, Bill Burr, Ted Alexandro. Established guys I saw perform on TV and in NYC live, when I moved here.
4. Do you have any advice for young comics just starting out?
I really like Seinfeld’s quote on this: Live like a monk, train like an athlete. It’s so simple and to the point. I love it.
5. Without fear of judgment, what are your five favorite movies of all time?
- The Circle of Iron
- Fight Club
- The Naked Gun
- The Break-Up
6. What was the first standup album you remember hearing or buying?
I remember seeing a Robert Kline special at around 10 years old and I couldn’t stop laughing and listening to Carlin and Pryor albums before that. Also, Richard Jeni: The Boy from NYC really made me and my family laugh.
7. What’s the biggest difference between doing comedy on the road compared to NY or LA?
I haven’t spent enough time in LA, but in NYC, you work out jokes in small chunks. You work out the fine points and polish them. You take them on the road, and you can take your time and stretch them out. See how they flow in the context of a longer set where people are getting a more complete picture of who you are.
8. If you weren’t doing comedy, what would you be doing for a living?
Something education-related, but not classroom teaching.
9. What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you after a show?
Can you perform at our wedding?
10. Where can people see you performing live?
New York City. Or demand Mike Vecchione at a comedy club near you and I will make the trip.